Clean Air Act Digest, 2.15.13
On Wednesday, Senator Boxer, Chair of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, held a briefing on the latest climate science. All Senators were encouraged to attend. The briefing featured four climate scientists who presented on the latest trends and scientific evidence related to the growing impacts associated with climate change. You can watch the video here: http://www.senate.gov/isvp/?type=live&comm=epw&filename=epw021313
On February 13, 2013, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) re-introduced H.R. 621, the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act, along with 25 original co-signers. This bill aims to deny federal funding for the implementation or enforcement of a cap-and-trade program or other provision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. This bill, which has been introduced in prior congressional sessions, is an effort to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ability to protect public health under the Clean Air Act. As found in the landmark 2007 Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts vs. EPA, EPA must regulate pollutants with risks to human health. In its 2009 Endangerment Finding, EPA determined that greenhouse gas emissions do threaten public health and welfare, a finding upheld by the United States District of Columbia Court of Appeals in June 2012, which ruled that the Agency was “unambiguously correct” in its interpretation of the Clean Air Act.
In his State of the Union Address on February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a strong declaration on climate change, stating, “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” Read a transcript of the full speech here. Using executive authority, the President has the power to enact significant measures under the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions , such as enacting standards for existing power plants, the largest source of domestic emissions. Polling conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment America immediately following the Address revealed that a majority of Americans (60 %) support the use of executive authority to reduce industrial carbon pollution. In fact, recent polling from the League of Conservation Voters indicates that a majority of American voters (57 %) believe that such limits on emissions from power plants already exist.
Black History Month: Climate Change is Changing Our History, Moms Clean Air Force Blog, 2.15.13
Senate Briefing on the Latest Climate Science, Video, 2.13.13
Compilation of Reactions to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union, US Climate Action Network Webpage, 2.13.13
TV Ad Campaign to Support President’s Plan to Address Climate Change, Environmental Defense Fund Video, 2.13.13
Recent Polling on Climate Change, Polling Memo Prepared for League of Conservation Voters, 2.12.13
Post-State of the Union Poll: Majority of Americans Support Presidential Action to Fight Climate Change,
EPA Letter Outlines Effects of Sequester on Clean Water, Air Monitoring Programs, Environmental Protection Agency Letter, 2.6.12
Carbon Pollution Data Put Power Plants Front and Center, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 2.5.13
Above is a sampling of the most recent resources related to upholding the Clean Air Act. Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:
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